A Knights of Columbus homecoming

Immaculate Conception Parish welcomes back Michael McCusker, new state deputy for the Knights By Bill Brewer There was a homecoming on July 26 for Michael McCusker. As the new state deputy of the Tennessee Knights of Columbus took his place at the lectern inside Immaculate Conception Church, he surveyed the …

The occult disposes us to Satan

The rise in interest in things mystical is symptomatic of the loss of faith in God By Sister Anna Marie McGuan, RSM What is occultism, and why is it becoming such a popular topic today? Is it the same as black magic? Is it astrology? Is it all of the …

Holy Spirit is remembering the past to build on its future

Bishop Stika joins Msgr. Humbrecht, Fr. Creson, Fr. Glennon to celebrate parish’s 20th anniversary By Bill Brewer Holy Spirit is thriving … because of the Holy Spirit. As the parish in Soddy-Daisy marked its 20th anniversary this year, Bishop Richard F. Stika joined Holy Spirit pastor Monsignor Al Humbrecht, founding …

Chilling words: ‘You know neither the day nor the hour’

Some Sundays the Gospel can be terrifying, such as when Christ reminds us to be ready for our own death By George Valadie I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m willing to bet that—for at least a few of us—what we know about the words of Christ has come to …

Guns and roses

The Church’s spiritual weapon of choice to combat the evil of our times is the rosary By Bishop Richard F. Stika Mary treasured all these things and reflected on them in her heart. — Luke 2:19 As intense debate continues on the question of banning weapons—be they handguns, assault rifles, …

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Nashville Dominican Sisters profess final vows

One of those sisters taught at St. Mary-Oak Ridge, while another from Sacred Heart made her first vows    By Dan McWilliams Two Dominican Sisters with East Tennessee ties reached important milestones over the summer. Sister Anna Ruth Wilson was among eight Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation to make their …

 St. Teresa provides prayerful response to gun violence with vigil

Union County faith community shares emotional testimonials as Fr. Pawelk calls for a spiritual solution By Dan McWilliams St. Teresa of Kolkata Parish in Maynardville hosted a vigil on gun violence Aug. 13, an event prompted by the recent deadly shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Glenmary Father …

 God is all in –– are we?

The cost of discipleship is one we are all called on to cover By Bill Brewer Father Chris Michelson hopes his lesson to students active in the Diocese of Knoxville’s youth ministry didn’t fall on apathetic ears during his homily for the annual Diocesan Youth Mass on Sept. 15. His …

 Seftons receive papal knighthood

Bishop Stika nominates St. John Neumann couple for induction into the Order of St. Gregory the Great; Pope Francis approves the recommendation By Dan McWilliams Alan and Sally Sefton said they felt stunned as they became the first people in the Diocese of Knoxville to be inducted into the Order …

Priesthood: a way of life, not just a career

Diocesan Home Campaign is building support for priests reaching retirement age           By Jim Wogan Long before he was a priest in the Diocese of Knoxville, Monsignor Bill Gahagan thought he had made a deal with the Lord. It was 1959, and Monsignor Gahagan was a young man serving in the …